Riding a Stationary Bike
Published: 1 December 2015
Do you enjoy biking? Are you a competitive cyclist or just looking for a good cardio workout? With winter in full swing, you may not want to go outside as much. Flex Fitness Equipment can help. We offer a wide variety of cardio equipment, including several affordable, top-of-the-line stationary bikes that will keep you pedaling year round. No matter who you are or what your goals are, stationary bikes have plenty of benefits to burn calories and get you fit.
The most popular cardio machine is the treadmill. The treadmill isn’t for everyone though. The impact from treadmill exercise can place stress on the ankle, knee and hip joints and cause problems throughout the body. A stationary bike an excellent alternative and has the least impact of all cardio machines making it increasingly popular. While it does not hit the entire body, it is great for developing lower body strength and core stability, improving cardiovascular endurance and burning calories.
While the stationary bike looks easy to use, not everyone knows how to get adjusted correctly before starting exercise. If you do not adjust the seat to the correct height, you are at greater risk for injury. When seated properly, one knee should be flexed about 5-to-10 degrees at the bottom of your revolution and the bottom of the foot parallel with the floor.
Now that you are set up and ready to go, it’s time to pedal. You may just want to go the same pace for the same amount of time during every workout. That’s fine. If you want to mix it up though, the stationary bike has plenty of options. On some brands, there are programs that simulate hills or aim to keep your heart rate above a certain level. Want to do a custom workout? You can do that too. Don’t have much time on your hands but want to get a quick workout in? Perform intervals. Do short periods at a high-intensity pace followed by periods of rest. The options are unlimited and your brand new stationary bike is waiting for you at Flex Fitness Equipment today!